The Washington, D.C., area has been plagued by a recent rash of heat-related deaths.
At least 20 people have died from heat-induced heart attacks and stroke in the area in the past few weeks, including two students.
The latest deaths were on Monday night, when a man who had spent several hours at a bar in the nation’s capital died after he was struck by a car while walking.
A police spokesman, Lt.
Brian Moore, said a preliminary investigation showed that the man had been driving in the vicinity of the bar when a vehicle he was riding in slammed into him.
The driver, later identified as 27-year-old Robert Joseph Serna, fled the scene in a silver Chevy pickup truck, Moore said.
Sernas was pronounced dead at the scene.
He had been in the hospital in serious condition, Moore told reporters.
The National Weather Service said on Tuesday that the temperature in the Washington area on Monday reached 103 degrees, which is above the normal 50-degree mark.
The city’s maximum temperature, which normally occurs at or above 95 degrees, was 105 degrees.
A spokeswoman for the National Weather Services, Julie DeLuca, said that in Washington, there is usually an average of 20 to 30 degrees warmer than normal during the day.
According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the average temperature at the time of death was 103 degrees.
The average for Washington in February was 89.9 degrees, according to weather service data.
The weather service said that the heatwave could have been much worse if the heat wasn’t so intense.
“There’s been a lot of discussion around this in the last week about whether the heat was so intense that it’s actually caused a lot more damage than if it wasn’t,” Moore said on CNN.
“And that’s where our work is at the moment.”
According to Moore, the heat wave was likely caused by a mix of factors.
One, the unusually hot summer temperatures have made the city susceptible to flooding.
“If you had a summer with a lot less rainfall, and the city was also experiencing a lot higher temperatures, you’d see a lot fewer of those events,” Moore explained.
“But I think the main thing is that this summer is the hottest it’s been in years.”
The weather agency is also seeing a surge in severe weather.
On Tuesday, a severe weather advisory was issued for parts of western New York, where temperatures were in the mid-90s.
The New York City Fire Department reported that several buildings have been destroyed.
The National Guard, which includes about 200,000 people, has been deployed to the region.
The Weather Service also warned residents to stay at home and not to drive in the areas.
“Please keep your children at home,” Moore advised.